Fight for the Future


Brief

Fight for the Future is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core. We primarily work on high value, fearless projects that can be seen by millions. We’re a very small team, but we’re always looking for new people with brilliant ideas. Fight for the Future is 100% remote and timezone flexible. Please see below for our current job openings. ***

Campaigner (Senior/ Junior)

Fight for the Future is a small but highly effective Internet freedom activism team with big victories to its credit, including organizing the protests that defeated SOPA/PIPA, and winning net neutrality rules in 2014. Our model for activism includes the following ingredients: highly skilled people who could be doing anything but truly have a fire for achieving political change; an uncompromising focus on specific wins; a small nimble team that can move fast; and the ability to speak with a strong voice online, which includes leading with product and design.

We’re looking for one of these highly skilled people to fill our Campaigner position and are open to candidates who are qualified to take on a junior or senior responsibility level of the role. If you ever wanted to build online experiences that reach out, grab people, and help them change the world, then this is the job for you.

Your responsibilities could include:

  • Work closely with organizational leadership and the campaigns team to implement advocacy strategies that advance the organization's key policy goals.
  • Draft high-quality, engaging communications materials including mass emails, press releases, news pitches, web pages, event materials, video scripts, social media content, op-eds, and fundraising appeals.
  • Act as a spokesperson to the media on our campaigns. Our campaigns are regularly covered by big outlets including NPR, The New York Times, NBC News, CNN, Wired, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, CBS News, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Establish and manage relationships with small businesses, prominent technology companies, grassroots organizations, and civil society stakeholders on a project-by-project basis.
  • Coordinate national campaign actions such as distributed protests, rallies, and lobby days.
  • Work with tech team – designers and developers – as a project manager of websites, campaign actions, and more. You will also work with contract staff and potentially supervise a staff member.
  • Identify, monitor, and analyze regulatory and legislative developments affecting Fight for the Future’s campaigns and policy positions at the state, federal, and international level.
  • Assist in the development of Fight for the Future’s policy positions in consultation with community members and staff, and consult policy and technical experts as required.
  • Distill complicated tech policy issues into easy-to-understand messages for a wide range of audiences.
  • As needed, support other organizational needs such as staff and volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and special projects.

What we’re looking for in you:

  • You have a professional background in relevant fields which include campaigns, advocacy, grassroots organizing, digital marketing, or writing/ journalism.
  • You have a knack for campaigning and understand what it takes to move the needle, including how to build power on the issue, who we need with us, messaging that will move people, and the steps to get you there.
  • You have experience writing for online audiences and can synthesize complex ideas into concise, easily understandable copy for the web. You can break down a complicated policy debate into a series of headlines and subheadlines, a tweet or a press release.
  • Your writing can speak to people’s humor, fears and what gets both their head nodding and heart pumping.
  • You have project management and organizational skills that enable you to keep a number of projects on track and delegate to other members of our team and contractors.
  • You have experience building support with a variety of stakeholders, including individual supporters, allied organizations, companies, and elected officials.
  • You understand and can express in ways that resonate with your audience the nuances and overarching themes of tech policy, free Internet principles, and organizing on the ground and online.
  • You have experience reaching out and developing relationships with traditional media and generating coverage for campaigns.
  • You have played a key role in making something big happen, whether it was a high profile campaign, a groundbreaking investigative report, launching a startup, or a successful music career.
  • You are fascinated by the power of the Internet and have used it in creative ways.
  • You have a rigorous and thought-provoking perspective on a wide range of political issues, and especially on the Internet freedom and tech policy. You are a thinker and someone who can synthesize a problem or an idea out of ordinary interaction and someone’s frustrations/struggles.
  • You have an interest in pulling off tactics and strategy and using whatever resources are at your disposal—you should have an interest in using law, policies, pop culture, music, philosophy, subcultural themes, memes, language, history, media, organizing playbooks, and whatever else is out there to pull off a really hard-hitting and exciting campaign for the right audience.
  • You can communicate with people who are different from you, who may have different backgrounds and perspectives, and who hold political beliefs that you may passionately oppose.

Bonus points for:

  • A background running digital-native campaigns that grow fast.
  • Previous experience in Internet or digital rights policy and issues.
  • Experience working remotely.
  • Coding and/or design skills.

Who we are:

Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds – including startups, the music industry, and campaign organizations. We’re looking for well-rounded individuals who have a range of interests, can do a little bit of everything, and know what they’re really good at! We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place to work for women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, as well as parents.

Compensation

This is a full-time position and the range for this position is a total compensation package of $40-90K, depending on experience. Candidates who qualify for a senior campaigner role would fall on the higher end of the range and junior campaigners at the lower end of the range. Benefits include the option for full health care and partially covered dental benefits, the value of which would be included in the total compensation package. Additional benefits include a 401K plan and paid sick, vacation, and federal holidays days. We offer support for remote work, training and mentoring, and a driven, highly collaborative, supportive work environment. We’d like to start working with you on a contract basis at an hourly rate of $30 to $70 (depending on experience), but we will be able to offer a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits to the right person and can discuss what you are looking for during the interview process.

Location

Fight for the Future is a 100% remote organization so no need to commute or relocate. If you’re interested in relocation, let us know. Our staff are based all over the country (and a couple of international locations too) and work over video, slack, and through project management tools.

To apply

Please click on the apply button below and fill out the application. In your application, please let us know where you heard about the jobs and include links to or samples of your writing—ideally in situations where you’re writing to persuade a group of people. Include as much relevant information as possible: significant things you’ve accomplished and projects you’ve worked on. Being well-rounded is a plus, so don’t exclude significant skills or achievements just because they aren’t activism related (such as starting a business or being a musician).

Fight for the Future is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer. FFTF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We believe that a diverse staff enables us to better understand and serve our members, audience and community. Women, people of color, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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A-Teams Political Strategist Co-founder

Political operative (lobbyist/staffer/PR) who is ready to play the outside game

Our new initiative A-Teams aims to create new, small teams that can achieve surprising political wins in the issue area of their choice, by combining political strategy and Internet savvy.

We are seeking the founding political strategist and campaign director for one such “A-Team.” As the A-Team’s political strategist, you will focus on a political issue, such as immigration reform, climate change, prison reform, health care, or voting rights. You and your A-Team will run a campaign to pass strong policy on your issue or stop a disastrous bill from becoming law.

You should have a strong, insider-level understanding of the political process, but with an outsider’s optimism, creativity, and ability to speak about issues in ways that resonate with other outsiders, such as the public or any key constituency you need to move. At the core of all of your work, you seek to figure out how to climb over any barriers in your way, problem solve to make what is needed to capture the debate, and know how to bring millions of people to bear on an issue.

You should also have some political attitudes about power, freedom, fairness, or caring for others that you carry with you since your teenage years. This should come through in your writing; you should have a strong, authentic voice.

You will work alongside a creative, multidisciplinary software developer/designer with all of the skills needed to leverage the Internet to reach and organize millions. We’ll work with you both to develop and execute plans.

What you’ll do

  • Provoke a robust public debate in chosen political area by creating content (writing, video, web) and new realities (such as sign-on letters, events, rallies, protests, alliances, etc.) that support your position.
  • Look for cases where the public wants a certain policy, but where corruption or political inertia is holding it back.
  • Identify the forces and alliances that, if mobilized, could break through the corruption/inertia and achieve a political win.
  • Mobilize those forces and alliances, again and again, honing your skill over time.
  • Generate social and traditional media attention that advances your position, organizing events and building strategic relationships as needed.
  • Throughout every stage in this process, you’re constantly looking for ways to use the Internet, politics, PR, and policy to increase the power and efficacy of your small team.
  • Recruit additional A-Teams leaders and volunteers as needed.

What we’re looking for

  • You have a mind for campaigning and everything it takes to win, including how to build power on the issue, who we need with us, messaging that will move people, and the steps to get you there. And you want to lead others to victory. You have a strong sense of how state and federal politics works.
  • You ideally have experience working on issue-based advocacy campaigns.
  • You have a strong sense of how state and federal politics works.
  • That said, you can think outside the box, see opportunities that others write off, and make new things happen.
  • You understand convention but aren’t bound by it.
  • You can get things done, but believe plans are made to break and change.
  • You see opportunity to break the status quo of the political process all the time.
  • You write beautifully, especially for an online audience.
  • Political inside jokes and gossip bore you.
  • You get beltway politics, but would rather be speaking to the rest of the country/world.
  • You enjoy unplugging from news and Twitter to work on something big.
  • You’re a bit of a social chameleon. You feel at home in many circles. You can quickly see how people in a certain scene talk and understand the world, and you can fit right in while still holding on to and spreading your perspective.
  • You hold seemingly contradictory political beliefs. Sometimes people on your own political “side” might terrify you, while the other “side” seems more wise.
  • You get more excited reading classics of fiction or political theory than watching House of Cards. (House of Cards is not a mortal sin—many of our most respected colleagues do it!—but you’re much broader.)
  • You can be crafty and devious. Maybe you were a troublemaker in high school.
  • For most of your life you’ve felt compelled to right wrongs or challenge arbitrary authority.
  • Your life has intersected with a large political uprising of some kind.
  • You’ve maybe been arrested before, for doing something you will never regret.
  • You are a fluent English speaker and live in the US.

Details:

This is a full time position with Fight for the Future. The salary range is $70-100K annually, depending on experience with benefits including full health care, partially covered dental benefits, and training and mentoring with senior staff. If a contract set-up works better for you, we can discuss that too.

To apply:

Please click on the apply button below and fill out the application. When applying, please include where you heard about the opportunity.

Fight for the Future is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer. FFTF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We believe that a diverse staff enables us to better understand and serve our members, audience and community. Women, people of color, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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A-Teams Design Co-founder

Web designer / front-end developer for high impact political activism.

Our new initiative A-Teams aims to create new, small teams that can achieve surprising political wins on the issue area of their choice, by combining political strategy and Internet savvy.

We are seeking a Design Co-founder for our next “A-Team”, to play a lead role in launching and co-leading a small activist team running a campaign to win on issues like immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, strengthening democratic representation, or climate change.

Working closely with a political co-founder, you and your A-Team will build the web and mobile pieces of a campaign to pass strong policy on your issue or stop a disastrous bill from becoming law. Your role will be to explain complex issues—and get people to take effective political action—using design, copy, and code. We’re looking for someone with very strong visual and interaction design skills who can move from mockups to HTML/CSS, or design directly in code. Experience with modern front-end frameworks is a plus.

You should be comfortable making and launching novel and creative additions to people’s online life with strong use of layout, color, and typography, whether for web, mobile, or social media. You should love the rush of launching a site on a whim, and seeing it blow up in places like Product Hunt, HN, or reddit.

In addition to your design skills you should also have strong political attitudes about power, freedom, fairness, or caring for others that shows in your visual work; your work should be strong, immersive, and authentic.

You will work alongside a similarly high-functioning and creative person with concrete experience on campaigns so significant experience in politics or activism is not required. The team at Fight for the Future will work with you both to develop and execute plans.

What you’ll do

  • Design and build websites (sometimes straight to code) to tweak and deploy rapidly
  • Make images and animation for social media
  • Use copy, color, layout, typography and shared visual vocabulary (images, icons, effects) to convey complex political ideas and emotions.
  • Build simple forms and sometimes more complex interactions to mobilize people around specific political objectives (i.e. design high-converting landing pages to get people to do stuff!)
  • Make awesome moments in the history of the Internet and politics.
  • Work closely with the political director to strategize and look for ways to use the Internet and politics to increase the power and efficacy of your small team.
  • Build a new organization or movement (if it goes well!)

What we’re looking for

  • You can write clear instructions, prompts, and documentation.
  • You can speak with a strong, authentic, and credible voice online.
  • You can design straight to code, when needed.
  • Your portfolio site looks great.
  • You can make modern forms, buttons and layouts in your sleep.
  • You have some experience with animation.
  • You can easily grasp what makes a product valuable/awesome and work from there.
  • You’re experienced working remotely.
  • You quickly understand and internalize what your team or company is driving for.
  • You’ve felt compelled to right wrongs or challenge arbitrary authority. Possibly a troublemaker in high school or a handful for your parents.
  • You’re purpose-driven so you can pivot easily. Dropping / throwing away work doesn’t bother you, if the new path makes more sense.
  • You’re pragmatic and flexible in your habits.
  • You intuitively seek the simplest possible solutions, on the fly, and are good at simplifying scope to fit deadlines, saying “no” to features or—even better—“but what if I did it this other, much simpler way?”
  • You can dial your design and coding approach between “quick & dirty” and “careful & prudent”, depending on the context.
  • You can match styles and technical possibilities (such as an action tool or online stunt) to a given political objective or strategy, and pick the best tech response to a given situation.
  • You have a desire to use your skills and smarts to make the world more kind and fair.

Details:

This is a full time position with Fight for the Future. The salary range is $70-100K annually, depending on experience. Benefits include health care, dental benefits, and training and mentoring with senior staff. If a contract set-up works better for you, we can discuss that too.

This is a remote position and candidates can based anywhere in the US. English fluency is required.

To apply:

Please click on the apply button below and fill out the application. When applying, please include a résumé, links to samples, and a cover letter which explains why you want to do mission-based work. Please include where you heard about the opportunity.

Fight for the Future is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer. FFTF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We believe that a diverse staff enables us to better understand and serve our members, audience and community. Women, people of color, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Now